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How the Right Nanny Can Support Busy Parents in Creating a Balanced Lifestyle

Updated: Jun 28

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Welcoming a new addition to the family can be an exciting and overwhelming time, especially for first-time parents. The demands of caring for a newborn while juggling work, household responsibilities, and personal commitments can often leave parents feeling drained and stressed. At Homebodies, we understand more than anyone that hiring the right nanny can make all the difference. From providing much-needed rest and relief to offering guidance and assistance with daily tasks, a trustworthy and experienced nanny can be a valuable asset to new families. In other words, a great nanny will support you in creating a balanced lifestyle while helping you navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood.


Support after birth and during the early months


If you're pregnant with your first baby or have just had a baby and are looking for professional support, a great option would be to hire a maternity nurse or night nurse. Typically, a maternity nanny (or maternity nurse) will come to your home and stay with you and your family 24 hours a day, up to six days a week. She might have a day off, and often families agree for that day to be on a Sunday, but this can be flexible and based on which day suits you best. Depending on your individual needs, you may want to hire a maternity nurse for anything between two weeks and six months.


The main duties of a maternity or night nanny can include:


  • Providing overnight care for the newborn.

  • Assisting with feeding and nappy changing.

  • Helping establish a sleep routine.

  • Offering emotional support and guidance to new parents.

  • Ensuring a safe and nurturing environment for both the baby and the family.


To alleviate some of the burdens on parents as they adjust to their new roles, maternity nannies may also assist with light household tasks, meal preparation, and running errands. They will be a great asset for your family, providing valuable advice on newborn care, feeding the baby (breastfeeding or bottle feeding), and postpartum recovery. By understanding the unique needs of new families and providing compassionate and skilled support, a maternity nanny can make a significant difference in easing the transition to parenthood and promoting a positive and harmonious family dynamic.


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Support during the first year


As your baby gets a bit older, your nanny will continue to provide invaluable support to your family. One of the key areas where they can help is feeding the baby. From introducing solid foods during the weaning process to ensuring your child gets the right nutrition, a nanny can take on the responsibility of meal preparation and feeding, relieving parents of some of the stress associated with this transitional period. If you're unsure as to what method to follow or what diet to feed your baby, your nanny can draw on her experience and expertise to offer valuable insight.


A nanny will also help keep your baby's nursery and play area tidy and organised. She will inspect and clean toys to make sure they're safe. But she'll also check they're appropriate and stimulating for your child's age and developmental stages. If not, she might make suggestions on other toys you could buy. Similarly, your nanny can review your child's wardrobe to set aside any clothes your baby may have grown out of and recommend what new items they might need.


As babies start to explore and discover the world around them, a nanny can play a crucial role in supporting their developmental milestones. For example, she can research and recommend age-appropriate activities and classes to promote the baby's growth and learning in the local area or around London. This provides opportunities for social interaction and engagement for the baby but also for you, if you're able to attend. In a nutshell, your nanny will offer practical support, emotional reassurance, and expert advice during the early years of your child's life.


Support after returning to work


Having a nanny to support you as you return to work after maternity leave is like having a superhero by your side. Not only will they ensure your child is safe, engaged, and well-cared for while you focus on your career and other responsibilities, but they can also take on a multitude of tasks to make your life easier.


Imagine coming home from a long day at the office to find a freshly cooked, healthy meal waiting for your child, their laundry done, and their bedroom and play area tidied up and organised! As long as you've agreed in advance and stipulated this in your contract, your nanny can also run simple errands, ensure your child's routines are maintained even when you travel, and provide emotional support and stability. If you travel regularly as a family, for example, your nanny can also pack and unpack and take care of the organisational aspects of travelling with a child (especially if you're staying in different places) to support your child's routines.


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How a nanny can further benefit working parents as your child grows


As your child grows older and starts school, the right nanny can take on even more responsibilities such as school drop-offs and pick-ups, homework supervision, coordinating play dates and other activities, and even managing school portals and emails. Their presence can bring a sense of continuity and familiarity to your child's life, especially if they've been with you for a long time. Your nanny can be a source of great emotional comfort and practical support if you're thinking of expanding your family.


This is why we specifically focus on placements for professional nannies who are looking for full-time roles. By having a nanny who is committed to providing full-time support, you'll have the peace of mind that your child is in good hands. As a result, you can focus on building your career without worrying about their well-being. A nanny truly is a valuable asset for any working parent looking to achieve a healthy work-life balance. And if you ever feel the need for additional support at home, you can consider hiring a Nanny/PA or a Nanny/Housekeeper.


How a nanny can enrich your child's development


Outside of supporting you (the parents) with practical help and plenty of advice, a nanny can be a wonderful addition to your child's life. Most nannies possess a unique set of qualities that not only allow them to create a smooth relationship with busy parents but also play a vital role in enriching your child's development in those crucial formative years.


Beyond being reliable and punctual, a great nanny is also highly responsible and dependable. This is key as you juggle work and family life! A great nanny will be flexible and adaptable to sudden changes in schedules and additional responsibilities, making her an invaluable asset to any modern-day family.


An effective and skilled nanny also excels in communication. This often underlooked quality is extremely helpful for:


  • Fostering open and honest dialogue to coordinate tasks.

  • Managing expectations.

  • Establishing harmonious relationships within the household.

  • Providing feedback on your child’s development or any concerns the nanny has.

  • Understanding how well your nanny would work in a team with other members of your household (if applicable).


The exceptional organisational skills that come with the job go beyond childcare. From planning engaging activities for your little ones to arranging doctor's and dentist appointments, a nanny will help you stay on top of every aspect of your child's well-being.


The bond between a family and their nanny is based on trust. With honesty and integrity, a nurturing nanny guarantees the safety and emotional growth of your children, creating a secure and supportive environment that promotes a balanced family dynamic. A loving, empathetic nature will strengthen the bond with your child, ensuring each day is filled with happiness, fun, and a sense of companionship - just as you want it.


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A nanny's role in your child's development journey


We find that the passion and dedication that nannies bring to their roles make them not just caregivers but enthusiastic partners in your child's development journey. For example, a great nanny can be creative, musical, and educationally and developmentally focused all at the same time. Taking a holistic approach to development and childcare, she'll be able to focus on sensory or Montessori activities, for example. She'll know how to actively encourage your child's development of gross motor skills through outdoor play and sports (such as learning to ride a scooter or bike) - all while teaching valuable life lessons such as independence, social skills, and the importance of sharing.


A nurturing nanny provides support during significant life transitions, such as welcoming a new sibling or navigating the challenging shift into nursery or school. Her presence as a guiding friend and confidant equips your child with the tools they need to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Through daily interactions and activities, a dedicated nanny will enrich your child's world and set them on a path filled with curiosity, growth, and endless possibilities.

If you'd like more information about hiring a nanny with the help of our award-winning agency, head to the blog post Everything You Need to Know About Hiring a Nanny in London with Homebodies.


Would you like our help to find the right nanny for your family?


Hiring the right nanny can make a significant difference in supporting busy parents and creating a balanced lifestyle for the whole family. If you're looking for professional nanny services to enhance your child's development and provide peace of mind at home, we can assist you in finding the perfect fit. If you're ready to take the next step and enrich family life with the addition of a dedicated and experienced nanny, contact us today for an informal call, and let's talk about how we can help.

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